Sacred space is added as part of major renovations
By Megan Vorwald
Special to The Witness
DYERSVILLE — Beckman Catholic High School held a dedication Mass on Thursday, Jan. 5, to celebrate the completion of its new chapel. The addition was in conjunction with their “Blazing Forward” capital campaign. Archbishop Michael Jackels was the main celebrant of the Mass. Beckman Pastoral Coordinator Father Dennis Quint, Father Al Vorwald and Father Carl Ries concelebrated.
Over 100 students, faculty and community members were in attendance. The remainder of the Beckman student body and faculty were in the auditorium and were able to watch the Mass via live video stream. They were able to receive Holy Communion in the new chapel after the space was blessed.
Beckman launched its capital campaign in 2014 with a goal of raising $6.5 million. As the campaign wrapped up in early 2016, the school had raised more than $7.9 million, which included $3 million earmarked for the endowment fund.
In addition to the chapel, Beckman also redid its front office area and has a new secure entryway. Construction has begun on the remaining phase of the capital campaign which includes adding a multipurpose room for activities and sports.
Vorwald is assistant director of development for Beckman Catholic High School.
Archbishop Jackels (center) concelebrates Mass with Father Dennis J. Quint (far left), Beckman pastoral coordinator; Father Al Vorwald (second from left); and Father Carl Ries (right) at the new chapel at Beckman Catholic High School in Dyersville Jan 5. Students, parents, faculty and other supporters of the renovation projects at the school attended. Those who could not be inside the chapel watched the Mass via live video stream. (Photo submitted by Megan Vorwald)